I'm finding the discussion of prologues interesting, though
it's about the fourth or fifth I've seen in the last few
years. One of the members of this list whom I have seen
express deep doubts about prologues is the editor who bought
my first novel -- prologue and all.
I have written three novels, two with prologues and one
without. The one without didn't need a prologue. It would
have been forced. The other two had prologues that chronicled
events that occurred months or years before the main body of
the story, yet were the seminal events without which no story
would have existed. That is my personal preference for
prologues. I'm reading an otherwise decent novel now that
took an event from mid-story and turned it into a prologue.
That doesn't work, at least not for me.
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